For those of us who spend their working day at a computer, the pandemic drastically changed our relationship to the workplace. How we access everyday applications and collaborate with colleagues from our home offices over consumer-grade internet connections has seen everyone contending with a new set of day-to-day challenges.
As a result, IT departments found themselves scrambling to reassess their priorities and establish a robust digital backbone that could set up their organisation for an uncertain future. One that will hopefully see many of us eventually return to the office, while also increasingly working from home at the same time.
In the UK alone, nearly half of workers (47 percent) found themselves working from home in some capacity in April 2020, with 86 percent of them doing so as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics. Those workers aren’t keen to immediately go back to the old 9-5 routine either, with 82 percent of European workers wanting to continue remote working in some capacity, according to a July survey by Morgan Stanley, as reported by The Guardian.